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Wilkie Collins and the Ghost

28 Nov

The Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins was one of the great storytellers, excelling in presenting narratives that both disturbed and engrossed his readers. He is of course best known for the masterpieces The Woman in White and The Moonstone, which between them created the genres of the Victorian sensation novel and modern detective fiction. Less well known is the impressive corpus of supernatural fiction that Collins was responsible for – stories of ghosts, corpses that move, family curses, and perhaps the most unusual of all, the Devil’s spectacles, which bring the wearer a clarity of vision that can lead to madness. In many ways the man behind these strange tales was even more interesting, for Wilkie Collins was no ordinary writer.

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